Streetsboro, OH, United States | Member Since 2013
It is so much fun to continue wth a new and interesting mystery with Lily Ivory and the same friends that I have met throughout the first four books of this series. Having the same narrator with each has really lended continuity to the series. I hate that this is the last book, but I see that the author has the 6th installment coming out this summer. Can't wait! This nrrator has done a great job and is probably the best I have listened to. I am glad to see that she also narrates Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Rennovation Series which I am off to read (listen to, lol) next.
Royal Spyness Series is similar to Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft series in that it is a light tale of a mystery with a wonderful narrator, Katherine Kellgren is probably tied for first place in my mind with Xe Sands. She really brings the characters alive with different nuances in her voice and it is fun to meet up with the same characters and narrator as the series continues.
When you have a good narrator, listening to the audio version of a book is much better than reading the print version and this narrator is great. She really brings Mattie alive. I couldn't stop laughing during this book. Love the Anywhere, Nowhere and Somewhere bar description compared to Abbott and Costello
I also loved the scene when she drove her hearse to a scene and picked up the tail from a funeral home. It was somewhat predictable, but irresistible.
It made me laugh!! I didn't want to stop reading.
The story is told with a wry humor and just enough slight improperness that I just have to smile or laugh out loud. Main character Mattie manages to get herself into the craziest of situations. Couldn't stop listening and went right into Book 2 which continued with all the same characters. Narrator is great.
I normally like a softer read, but I really got caught up in this story. I will definitely try another from this author when I am ready for something more high risk again.
Yes, this story definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. It didn't start out that way, but after about 3 or 4 hours the story really ramped up.
Some of the images described were disturbing to me, but they are well written and the story has a good ending.
Light! Fun! Interesting characters, and a mystery to solve.
I think the narrator really helps to make the story for me. In just the first few minutes I knew I was really going to enjoy this book because I loved the narrator. The characters are fun, if a little gritty, but I like that and now I have another wonderful series of books to look forward to!
The pot was light. It was perfect for a Christmas who-dunnit.
I think Katherine Kellgren does an amazing job. I will go on to read more books narrated by her just because I enjoyed her so much.
This has been one of my most favorite series.
I would definitely listen to Naughty in Nice again. In fact I will probably listen to this entire series again down the road. It is like one of those "watchable" movies like Pretty Woman with Julia Robert and Richard Gere...whenever I see it listed, I turn it on. I think it takes great talent to write a light mystery of this kind. the characters are well developed. Like Georgie, I am also in love with Darcy, and get a thrill when I hear Katherine Kellgren portray him with that Irish accent. He appears just enough to keep the sexual tension at a peak. This is not an easy feat for the writer, keeping the reader interested. It bothers me to read other reviewers say that this is not a story to "expand the brain" or "make you smarter". It all depends on what you are looking for. I think it takes great skill to write such an entertaining and delightful story, and I am learning quite a bit about human nature as I listen, which expands my brain and allows me to better interact on a day to day basis. Props to Rhys Bowen! After I finish this series, I have the Molly Murphy series bookmarked; another series with great reviews.
Juliet Blackwell and Xe Sands continue to enchant me with this fourth tale in this series. If you are an admirer of the cozy mysteries, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series and you will be hooked. Don't be scared off by the idea of witchcraft. The author weaves it in nicely and in a way that makes you a believer.
And the thrill continues as we move into the third story with Lily Ivory and all her friends at Aunt Clara's closet! Great fun! A nicely put together story with a fantastic narrator.
As I continue to read this series, I am really enjoying meeting all the same characters from the first book again. The author is developing the personality of the main character nicely and I look forward to more interaction with the supporting characters. Great narration!
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